Natural science is focusing on the awe-inspiring nature of the universe. But if awe and mystery are rooted in religion, as some experts believe, why is science experience new popularity and religion on the decline? My colleague, Eric Nelson, writing for the October 17, 2016 edition of Communities Digital News, connects this “new-found” scientific awe with the age-old truths of the Bible. You’ll enjoy this enlightening article. Here’s Eric:
According to Krista Tippett, science is in the midst of a “renaissance.”
“Things like the Human Genome Project and the Hubble telescope, which brought amazing images of the galaxy into our living rooms, have contributed to our sense of awe,” said Tippett, creator and host of the “On Being” radio program, during an interview with Jenara Nerenberg. “We’re morphing to this place where science and scientists and scientific ideas are much more celebrated at the heart of our lives together. Everyone’s intrigued by them.”
Religion, on the other hand, appears to be in decline.
This is ironic, says Tippet, given that contemporary scientific exploration of things like awe and mystery and compassion – what Tippet singles out as “an urgent practical necessity” – is rooted in theology.
I suppose in some ways my own life mirrors this trend. Growing up I always thought that biblical teachings like the Golden Rule – “All things whatsoever ye would that men should do to you, do ye even so to them” – were pretty compelling, if not downright awe-inspiring. Even better, the more I made an effort to put these teachings into practice – to be genuinely compassionate, grateful, forgiving, and so forth – the more natural they became and the better I felt.
It wasn’t until my late forties, however, that I became aware of the extraordinary and increasing scientific research being done linking such qualities of thought with improved health. These days, thousands of people are attending conferences around the world, listening to psychologists, medical researchers, neurosurgeons and neuroscientists echo much of the same advice I’ve been reading in the Bible for the last umpteen years….